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      Moby Dick

      Released Jun 27, 1956 1h 56m Adventure List
      81% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 74% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Capt. Ahab (Gregory Peck) has a vendetta against Moby Dick, the great white whale responsible for taking his leg. He sets out on a treacherous sea voyage aboard The Pequod, along with a crew including Starbuck (Leo Genn), Father Mapple (James Robertson Justice) and Ishmael (Richard Basehart), to hunt down the elusive beast. With reckless abandon, Ahab leads the crew on his obsessive and suicidal quest, anxious for a final showdown with the legendary white whale. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      It may favor spectacle in place of the deeper themes in Herman Melville's novel, but John Huston's Moby Dick still makes for a grand movie adventure.

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader One could have plenty of quarrels with this as an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel, but it's still one of the better John Huston films of the 50s. Aug 5, 2011 Full Review TIME Magazine Moby Dick is certainly the most unusual picture of the year and may well be the best. Aug 5, 2011 Full Review Ian Nathan Empire Magazine The film takes flight as a grand chase movie, and leaves its ambition in its wake. Rated: 3/5 Apr 5, 2011 Full Review Francois Truffaut Arts (France) Too often, John Huston offers us, instead of creatures made of flesh and blood, only colorless beings who come onto the screen to deliver one or two aphorisms before going out of focus. Feb 14, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Director John Huston and screenwriter Ray Bradbury teamed up (and feuded aplenty) to wrestle Herman Melville’s literary classic Moby-Dick to the screen, with results both fascinating and flawed. Rated: 3/4 May 9, 2023 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …a neglected masterpiece… Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Rick R GOOD WRITTING, GOOD STORY, GOOD DIRECTOR, GOOD ACTING, A VERY ENTERTAINING MOVIE !!!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review james g Best part of novel, the opening scenes of Queeheg and Ishmael getting acquainted, hanging out, selecting a ship, etc., are for the most part overlooked. (Ishmael quaking in bed is silly.} But once Gregory Peck shows up, (and surprisingly he's very good here!) it's Peck's movie. And special effects (No digital stuff} are GREAT! It's 1956, and the titular whale is more convincing than Jaws 20 years later. Better than I expected, as good or better overall than the odd book. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review delysid d as soon as i saw that gregory peck was the star of this film, i knew it would be great. and it was great. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/06/22 Full Review Audience Member An authentic adaptation of the novel. Uses direct quotes from the novel and keeps the original themes intact. Might get a bit fast or hammy sometimes. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A whale bites a guy's leg off, he gets really mad and can't forget about it. Gregory Peck provides his standard wooden performance. The whale is ok. Since almost no one has read this tedious tome, watching the movie is a relatively painless way of being exposed to a famous literary work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review dustin d I agree with the sentiment expressed by actual critics this film is not quite great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Capt. Ahab (Gregory Peck) has a vendetta against Moby Dick, the great white whale responsible for taking his leg. He sets out on a treacherous sea voyage aboard The Pequod, along with a crew including Starbuck (Leo Genn), Father Mapple (James Robertson Justice) and Ishmael (Richard Basehart), to hunt down the elusive beast. With reckless abandon, Ahab leads the crew on his obsessive and suicidal quest, anxious for a final showdown with the legendary white whale.
      Director
      John Huston
      Producer
      John Huston
      Screenwriter
      Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury, John Huston
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures, United Artists, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Warner Home Vídeo
      Production Co
      Moulin Productions Inc.
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 27, 1956, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 13, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 56m
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